PS5 Reveal Next Month?
COVID-19 scuppered Sony’s plans to announce PlayStation 5 in May
Sony had apparently planned to reveal PlayStation 5 this May, but that nefarious microbe COVID-19 seems to have interfered with those plans.
The cancellation of E3 put a stop to a lot of marketing plans, but neither Sony nor Microsoft were planning to reveal their consoles there, opting instead for hosting their own events in May. Sony just started lifting the veil on PlayStation 5 hardware by revealing the new DualSense controller.
Going global: PlayStation boss Jim Ryan claims Sony is still going to launch the PlayStation 5 simultaneously world-wide, and presumably still plan to do it this year. The initial production run is smaller than many expected, comprising 5-6 million units for the first quarter.
Price war: Analysts believe Sony and Microsoft will launch their consoles at practically the same time, and that both will price their new consoles aggressively to come out on top. Loss-leading is nothing new: Xbox and Xbox 360 were both sold at a huge loss, while PlayStation 3 and 4 were sold at slightly under cost. The new consoles “…may end up at $450 even though they would lose money at that price,” said Damian Thong of Macquarie Capital.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
How did you enter God mode in Doom?
What’s the dystopian day-to-day like?
Sukeban Games’ alcohol-fuelled VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action from 2016 was inspired by musings about what day to day life would be like in a cyberpunk dystopia, and what kind of stories the average person on the street would tell.
What kind of lives do the nameless people lining the streets of Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner lead? The bar scene in Blade Runner cinched it: The game would be about a gossiping bartender in a dystopian future.
Sukeban decided to go for a goofier and more lighthearted visual style, more along the lines of Bubblegum Crisis than the stone-cold bleakness of Akira.
Pokemon News and Events
More Psychic-type Pokémon, no anime
Psychic-type Training Event in Pokémon Masters until May 4th with a Sync Pair Scout allowing you to unlock Caitlin & Reuniclus, plus a Co-Op Battle Rally with 100 Co-Op Sync Orbs per day as reward.
- Buddy Up: April 2nd until April 27th
- Community Day: April 25th from 11:00 until 17:00
COVID hits Pokémon: The studios behind the Pokémon anime has suspended production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV Tokyo will air re-runs until new episodes are ready for broadcast – and no-one knows when that will be yet.
Silver lining: Fortunately, Pokémon Twilight Wings is still keeping its schedule and the English translation of the fourth episode will air tomorrow, on April 21st.